Optimism reigns at JKUAT and PAUSTI joint graduation ceremony

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi (right) and Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Mathu Ndung’u lead the procession out of the graduation square

The hallowed graduation square was filled with song, dance and renewed hope for 3,813 graduands as Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) marked another joint graduation ceremony, Friday December 2, 2022.

During the event, JKUAT Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Mathu Ndung’u conferred 79 doctorate degrees; with 27 recipients drawn from PAUSTI. Another 374 students were crowned with masters degrees while the undergraduate degrees that formed the bulk of the celebrants, numbered 2,771.

The graduands were full of appreciation to their respective alma maters as they set sail for a new world in which acquired knowledge and skills during the period of study would come in handy.

Audrey Shivuyenje Weyusia who delivered the valedictorian speech during the graduation ceremony recalled how she defied the odds, rising from the village of Chimche in Malava to earn a degree in her pet subject of law.

“I am reminded of our activities at various clubs and societies, and I am reminded of my leadership journey in JKUSA, representing the School of Law and deliberating on students,” averred Audrey.

Chancellor, Prof. Mathu congratulates Audrey Shivuyenje Weyusia during the graduation ceremony.

For Melanie Tonkei who graduated with a bachelors degree in Mass Communication, it was the interactive and personalised attention she got from the lecturers that stood out. She says that JKUAT provided students with conducive environment to excel irrespective of their social status.

“In the backdrop of Covid-19, JKUAT fast adopted digital learning that became quite facilitative. All students swiftly aligned because it was convenient and affordable. We managed to complete our studies on schedule,” said Audrey.

At PAUSTI that now boasts a student diversity from over 40 countries, the graduands were elated to have successfully completed their studies.

Barrie Sajor from Sierra Leon who graduated with a masters degree in electrical engineering said that PAUSTI had provided an excellent environment for students to develop into formidable professions.

Sajor hopes to leverage his new knowledge to help the continent harness the potential of telecommunications in service provision in key areas such as healthcare, digital learning, and communication.

Another PAUSTI graduate, Oluoch George said he was attracted to the institute because of the quality of research outputs by African Union backed continental training facility.

Oluoch who graduated with doctorate degree in molecular biology and biotechnology says he will use his knowledge to fight food insecurity in Africa.

The JKUAT choir serenades the 39th JKUAT graduation congregation

“It is important for the world to know that PAUSTI produces knowledgeable plant molecular scientists who can develop plant varieties that are tolerant to biotic and abiotic stresses,” said Dr. Oluoch.

JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi congratulated the celebrants on their graduation, terming the milestone a feat for both the students and the university.

Prof. Ngumi sent her benedictions to the graduates echoing the Nobel Laureate, Wangari Maathai, “no matter who or where we are, or what our capabilities, we are called to do the best we can.”

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